Stuffing suet fat mix into old log to create a natural feeder for garden birds

Make a natural log feeder

Do it:

Jan, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jan, Feb, Dec

This easy-to-make log feeder offers birds a feast of energy-boosting seeds and fat. Over time, the log will rot down, providing a perfect habitat - and a food source - for lots of different insects, many of which would make a tasty snack for birds, too.

You will need

Log or thick branch of almost any size

Drill, drill bits and auger bits

Ready-made suet-and-seed block, or a mix of suet/fat and seets

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Drill lots of holes of various sizes into the log, using a selection of drill bits and auger bits. Work along the full length, on all sides.

Push the fat and seed mix into all the drill holes. Then find a suitable site for the feeder where visiting birds won't be disturbed.

Dig a hole, deep enough for support your log. Stand the log upright in the hole, then backfill with soil, firming it down with your foot.

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Kate Bradbury

Kate Bradbury says

If possible, use a log from a native tree, such as an oak or beech, growing in your garden or nearby. As it rots, it will attract beetles and other wood-boring insects, which have evolved alongside that tree. It’s a lovely symbiosis that happens all the time in the natural world, but which we can replicate in our gardens.

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